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chain of custody

the documented and unbroken transfer of evidence

circumstantial evidence

(indirect) evidence used to imply a fact but not prove it directly

class evidence

(individual evidence) material that connects an individual or thing to a certain group

crime-scene investigation

a multidisciplinary approach in which scientific and legal professionals work together to solve a crime

crime scene reconstruction

a hypothesis of the sequence of events from before the crime was committed through its commission

direct evidence

evidence that (if true) proves an alleged fact, such as an eyewitness account of a crime

individual evidence

a kind of evidence that identifies a particular person or thing

trace evidence

small but measurable amount of physical or biological material found at a crime scene

primary crime scene

the location where the crime scene took place

secondary crime scene

a location other than the primary crime scene, but that is in some way related to the crime, where evidence is found

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